PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Truly a successful tournament tune-up.
One day after securing its spot in Saturday’s sectional final, the Meigs softball team led wire-to-wire en route to a 7-4 victory over non-conference host Parkersburg, on Thursday in Wood County.
The Lady Marauders (19-3) — winners of six straight — manufactured a run in the top of the opening inning, as Devyn Oliver singled, moved to second on a groundout, advanced to third on an error and finally scored on a sacrifice bunt by Danielle Morris.
After a scoreless second frame, Meigs senior Alliyah Pullins blasted a two-run home run with one out in the top of the third, giving the guests a 3-0 advantage.
Parkersburg (20-14) cut the MHS lead to one run, at 3-2, in the bottom of the third, but the Big Reds gave a run right back in the top of the fourth. After walking the bases loaded, Bre Colburn scored on a wild pitch to give Meigs a 4-2 lead.
PHS was back within one in the bottom of the fifth, as Kelsey Goots tripled and then courtesy runner MaKenzie Riddle scored on a sac-fly by Kacee Roberts.
Meigs was held off the board in the fifth and sixth frames, but added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. First, Peyton Rowe singled home Pullins, then Colburn singled home Morris, and finally Morgan Lodwick doubled home Rowe.
Parkersburg freshman Maddi Leggett scored the final run of the game on a two-out error in the bottom of the seventh.
Breanna Zirkle earned the pitching victory in five innings of relief for MHS, allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits and one walk. Pullins started in the circle and pitched two innings for the guests, striking out one batter, walking one and allowing three hits.
Alyssa Gates suffered the loss in two innings of work for Parkersburg, striking out one and allowing one run, on one hit and one walk.
Pullins, Oliver and Taylor Swartz were each 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the victors. Pullins hit a home run, scored twice and drove in two runs, Oliver doubled once and scored once, while Swartz crossed home plate once.
Lodwick doubled once and drove in a run for the Maroon and Gold, Rowe and Colburn both singled once, scored once and drove in one run, while Morris had one run scored and one RBI.
Katie Hudkins led the hosts at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Both teams stranded seven runners on base. The Lady Marauders committed three errors, one more than Parkersburg.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.